So do we all like being scared? If its for the right reasons thats ok, this is why I still love the Twilight Zones Tower Of Terror!
I can always remember when I was a child hiding behind the back of the sofa with my Friend Lynsey watching scary movies. We were probably a bit too young and missed half of it from covering our faces.
But one of our all time favourite scary TV shows was The Twilight Zone!
They were normally a horror or a psychological thriller with often unexpected twists. We watched the revival series of them in the 1980’s, So I guess we were around 10.
Who could not be excited when you were kid than to watch a tv show called Dead woman shoes! We just loved being scared in fact it was a daily hobby!
My first encounter with Disney’s Twilight Zones Tower Of Terror was two years after the ride opened in 1994, The ride was totally unexpected and I was exceptionally scared!
From the moment you join the queue you are aware your entering an old disused hotel the plants are overgrown and there are cracks in the walls. Even the staff are in Costume as bellhops and rather eerie.
You step in to the Reception of the hotel Which is covered in huge cobwebs, rather like the scene from Mrs Haversham in Charles Dickens, Great Expectations.
Its all the details here down to the leftover guests belongings and the way it looks untouched. Theres a small waiting area and a hotel lobby key desk covered in cob-webs, the phone is off the hook and you can still see all the beautiful items for sale in the glass cabinet. Perfume bottles, Jewellery and the art deco style handbags.
As you are ushered into the library it becomes very dark, two televisions come on and play a short scene from the twilight Zone. Your then told the story of how the once elite Hotel was struck by lightening, causing the guests in the elevator to disappear in to The Twilight Zone!
I just love the glamour of the characters in their beautiful dresses and the small child with her curly locks.
Next you really are entering The Twilight Zone. The Library Door swings aside and you step in to the boiler room to take a ride in the only elevators still working inside the hotel, the Maintenance Elevators.
You have the option to miss out on the main ride at this point but its so not worth it.
Once entering the lift the narrator from the Twilight Zone Rob Serling Tells you something along the lines of “ One stormy night long ago five people stepped in to an elevator to a nightmare, this time that door is opening just for you”
There are several scenes after this with the hotel guests in and a starry sky. From this point on I normally have my eyes closed as I wait for elevator to free fall!
The doors open to show Hollywood Studios ( I never see this! ) then you fall, come back up and fall roughly another two times.
As you can see from this picture above I was petrified, My friend Steve thought it was hilarious hearing me scream and the kids were styling. I’m so not cool!
Every single time we go it never fails to reduce me to tears and then in to total hysterics. A quick tap of the Mickey Magic Band for the photo pass and you have survived, Ready for next time !
This Is Why I Still love The Twilight Zones Tower Of Terror!